'Hezbollah plans to strike Israel on Judgment Day': Israeli media
The Israeli Walla website indicates in a report that Hezbollah's military strength was not damaged but has grown in recent years.
Israeli Walla website speculated that the Hassan drone, which hovered over occupied Palestine on Friday departing from Lebanon, is part of a "secret plan by Hezbollah and Iran" to build an air force composed of a wide range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that will be used on what Walla described as "Judgment Day" against sensitive sites across "Israel and cause damage."
Walla continued to say that such a plan has the potential to damage the "superiority of the Israeli Air Force."
The website quoted a report by the Israeli Alma Institute - Educational Research Center for Security Challenges, saying that "Hezbollah's unmanned aerial vehicles [arsenal] includes 2,000 items." It adds that the Lebanese party "has dozens of skimmers [quadcopters] made in China, some of which are used for photography and intelligence gathering missions and some for attack missions."
According to Israeli security sources quoted by Walla, Hezbollah's power-building relies not only on funding but on the accumulated knowledge of the Iranian defense industries.
The security sources in question refused to comment about what Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah revealed the other day about the Lebanese party's ability to manufacture drones on Lebanese soil.
According to a report by the Alma Institute, Hezbollah's prominent UAVs, namely Ayyoub, were inspired by the Israeli Hermes 450 UAV that fell in Beirut in 2006. The report continues saying another UAV is Mirsad 2 which is based on the Iranian Mujahr UAV. Another drone that the report talked about is Hezbollah's Ababil, a drone unveiled in 2006 and has since undergone advanced upgrades and models, while Rami 1 is a replica of the Iranian Raed 1.
The head of the research department of the Alma Center, Tal Barry, spoke to Walla about the building of Hezbollah's strength and the strategy of Hezbollah's Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. He said, "Hezbollah's military force building has not been damaged in recent years but has only intensified," adding, "We understand that the last decade can be put under the heading of Hezbollah's effort to increase the supply of advanced conventional weapons in the field of UAVs, air defense, precision missiles, and so on."
Hezbollah: Hassan UAV flew 70 km into occupied Palestine over 40 minutes
The Israeli Army Radio had announced that Hezbollah's drone entered Israeli airspace at 11:50, where it was immediately identified. After a few minutes, it disappeared from the radar, and its location remained unknown for two hours.
Israeli KAN Arab affairs correspondent said had the supersonic booms in the Beirut skies as a result of the Israeli fighter jets' actions been the "reaction" to Hezbollah's UAV, then a problematic equation was created there [for the Israeli occupation].
The Calcalist suggested that Hezbollah wanted to embarrass the Israeli occupation through the drone.
The newspaper "Yediot Aharonot" also said that the penetration of the Israeli airspace caused panic in the north after Israeli warplanes and helicopters rushed towards it, the Iron Dome was activated, and two sirens were heard in the area.
On Friday, the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon announced the launch of the "Hassan" drone inside the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon announced Friday the launch of the UAV Hassan into the occupied Palestinian territories.
The resistance reported that the UAV went on a recon mission that lasted for 40 minutes and covered 70 km in occupied Palestine, adding that it returned "unharmed despite the Israeli occupation's repeated attempts to down it."
Hezbollah's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah has recently stated that "the Resistance has acquired the ability to convert thousands of missiles into precision-strike missiles," without the need to import them from the Islamic Republic of Iran.